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Poster: cartoonsonfilm Date: Nov 28, 2009 4:26pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: What is a 'restoration' and is it grounds for ownership of PD materials?

Thank you for your wise insight, Video-Cellar. I completely agree with all the points you make. I must also mention that the explicit ownership wording was supplied to me by a third party while I was having my new website made. I am no web designer and did not control this aspect directly, and will see to it that it is changed. This wording was not on my former website which had been online since 2005.
But I do thank you for your comments on decency. I think we see eye to eye on this even though the explicit wording on my website is what seems to be part of the cause for this thread. I do not mean to mislead anyone and am simply looking to protect my work, maybe in more of a vocal manner than you are.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Nov 28, 2009 4:41pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: What is a 'restoration' and is it grounds for ownership of PD materials?

Thanks, It is nice to see other young people in this business and doing it the right way. So many people are just buying a mill creek 50 pack to start a PD DVD business these days.

I am 28 and have been collecting films since I was in high school. I started a DVD transfer business 5 years ago which morphed into the DVD label when I mastered DVD authoring.

If I can give one bit of advice. When your using "orphaned" works as opposed to PD works keep as much documentation as you can for your searches for copyright owners. This will be your main protection in the unlikely event that someone ever claims copyright on the film. And you should change your road show poster. Disney and WB are very precious about the use of their trademark cartoon characters. I got a letter from Disney when I had a dvd with a rare "Uncle Tom" cartoon which has some Mickey-like character modelling, claiming trademark infringement for the still on the cover. If you don't do what they ask they will keep you in legal paperwork forever.

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Poster: cartoonsonfilm Date: Nov 28, 2009 4:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: What is a 'restoration' and is it grounds for ownership of PD materials?

Thanks for the kind words. Nowadays my poster only hangs in my home, I no longer use it when giving shows.

I have dealt with Disney's archive which bought some of my collections before obtaining their own film print materials of certain titles I have. Perhaps this has delayed their otherwise litigious nature.

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Poster: yofitofu Date: Nov 28, 2009 7:09pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: What is a 'restoration' and is it grounds for ownership of PD materials?

And I would say about "decency" that I had no idea what I considered an innocent question about PD and cartoonsonline would explode into these magnificent proportions, involving death threats, insults and accusations. I can appreciate what Mr. Stathe is doing. I just didn't like his legal wording. So I apologize for not just contacting cartoonsonline directly. I thank Video Cellar for his balanced words. Clearly there is some kind of giant PD DVD distribution business I was completely unaware of, and could have died for the cause.

Very strange group of people indeed.

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Poster: cartoonsonfilm Date: Nov 28, 2009 7:14pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: What is a 'restoration' and is it grounds for ownership of PD materials?

Strange? Yes, in some ways. Though, the word strange only signifies unfamiliarity. Again, we both could have avoided headaches if you would have contacted me directly, as many have in the past for similar uses. Museums show my films and they have appeared for free at charitable events. My website has been revised now thanks to Video-Cellar's suggestions. What I will say though, is it's best to learn about a specific field by talking to the people operating in it rather than skirting the circles to start a conversation outside of the loop. This only invites assumption and uninformed voices.